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Accumulating technological capabilities through R&D projects: studies on the Brazilian defence industry
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Project Innovations and Entrepreneurship. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. (Emerging Economies Innovation Studies)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1033-5608
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Project Innovations and Entrepreneurship. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. (Emerging Economies Innovation Studies)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3863-1073
2018 (English)In: International journal of technological learning, innovation and development, ISSN 1753-1942, E-ISSN 1753-1950, Vol. 10, no 3/4, p. 203-230Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Emerging economy firms (EEFs) have striven to accumulate technological capabilities and promote indigenous innovation for technology upgrading and catching-up. By assuming that R&D projects affect firm capabilities, this study investigated how EEFs can accumulate technological capabilities through R&D activities. A technological-capability framework was proposed with the dimensions of organisational structure, innovation processes, practice, resources and entrepreneurial leadership. The framework guided an exploratory case study of three R&D projects in the Brazilian defence industry: the thrust vector control (TVC), software-defined radio (SDR) and radar projects. The TVC project utilised existing firm capabilities, whereas the SDR and radar projects needed to develop their capabilities from scratch. Different paths were adopted to accumulate technological capabilities and deliver the projects’ outcomes. It was found that a balance between the dimensions may positively impact the rate at which technology capabilities are accumulated. Theoretical contributions and practical implications for EEFs are also discussed. 

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Genèva: InderScience Publishers, 2018. Vol. 10, no 3/4, p. 203-230
Keywords [en]
emerging economy firms; EEFs; Brazilian defence industry; catching-up; organisational capability; technological capability; capability accumulation; capability dimensions; indigenous innovation; R&D projects; thrust vector control; TVC; software-defined radio; SDR; radar
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-150577DOI: 10.1504/IJTLID.2018.093721Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85051021638OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-150577DiVA, id: diva2:1242319
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VINNOVA, 2014-03388Available from: 2018-08-27 Created: 2018-08-27 Last updated: 2018-09-04Bibliographically approved

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